David Allen

CEO + Chairman of the Board

Since 2012 David Allen, an Architectural Engineer born and raised in East Oakland, CA has been driving the vision for creating a space fueled by the music itself, transposing jazz composition into architecture- therefore improving upon the early concept or idea for the Museum of Jazz and Art project (MOja).  In late 2019, David and the MOja team received a unanimous vote from Oakland City Council to move forward on the 1310 Oak Street Site overlooking lake Merritt, formally known as the Fire Alarm Building. 

 

David is presently the Founder, CEO and Board Chairman of the Museum of Jazz and Art’s real estate development project. MOja will be a 70,000 square foot facility with a mission to “Raise the Focus Awareness and Importance of preserving Jazz History while establishing a Vision of building and connecting cultures through music, therefore creating true “Social Sustainability”.

 

David is the Principal of Allen Architectural Engineering, a license Professional Architectural Engineering & Project/ Construction Management Firm, with over 33+ years of experience and over $1.8 billion in -placed Construction Development experience.  David is lead “Composer” of the Architectural & Engineering museum design, which visually incorporates the language of Jazz Improvisation, reflective mood & engagement.  David and the MOja team believe in Sensory engagement and Architecture/ Music Composition.

Terry Stewart

COO + Board Member

Terry Stewart After almost two decades of working in banking and mergers & acquisitions, Terry was finally able to exploit his knowledge and love of pop culture.  Over the next 25 years, he was president of two of the most impactful institutions in the that field, Marvel Comics and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Terry was the longest-running President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, serving from 1999 through the end of 2012. The Museum, a nonprofit organization, exists to educate visitors, music fans, and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. Since opening in 1995, the Museum has welcomed more than twelve million people, with annual visitors coming from all 50 states in the U.S. and more than 100 countries. And at Marvel, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer and later as Vice Chairman.

Stewart was born in Mobile, Alabama and raised in the nearby town of Daphne. He received two undergraduate degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Education, from Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1969.  Then in 1972 and 1974, he went on to earn his MBA in Finance and J.D. in Law at Cornell University.

Long active in civic and philanthropic endeavors, Stewart has been a Governor on the Chicago Chapter Board of the Recording Academy (Grammys), Vice Chair of the Board of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, and he continues to serve as an advisor for the annual Summer Stage Concert Series in Central Park in New York City. Terry has also served on other numerous national and local boards and have received the 48th Annual Business Executive of the Year by the Sales & Marketing Executives Association of Cleveland in 2012.  He also was presented with an Honorary Doctor of Business from The Ohio State University.

Terry has devoted his passion to the Arts and Culture & is a well-known avid collector of pop culture and now serves as the Museum of Jazz and Art’s Chief Operating Officer and Vice Chairman.  

Tony Calzaretta

CCO + Board Member

Tony Calzaretta has focused his 20+ year career around the intersection of Music, Art, Design and Technology. After receiving his B.F.A in painting, drawing, and graphic design from Millikin University, he spent the early part of his career at that rare time when brands were transitioning to having a presence on the internet - the late 90s. He worked at ad agencies, web development firms, and as a freelancer developing corporate branding, ad campaigns, interactive experiences, websites, and album art. 

 

Eventually this journey led Tony to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006 where he met a small but mighty start-up team at a company called Pandora (internet radio). Over the last 14 years, he built and drove large teams (100+) from the ground up. The teams were at the forefront of product management, product design and creative (video, audio, copywriting). 

 

This work has been focused on both bringing brand new and evolving experiences across every part of the consumer experience for Pandora. From massive mobile, web and consumer electronic apps (Pandora Free Ad Supported, Pandora Plus and Pandora Premium), to new content formats and original programming (Podcast: Questlove Supreme), to live streaming experiences (Jack White, Metallica), to launching multiple re-brand efforts, and innovative ad products and programs (Toyota Sessions). All of this done at scale to over 100M unique users driving over 1BN+ in ad revenue. Tony provides a remarkable set of experience that uniquely drives creative and digital strategy forward.

Kat Taylor 

Champion

Kat Taylor works in service of restoring social justice and environmental well-being to build a more equitable and inclusive world. Kat is active in a variety of social enterprises and philanthropic ventures focused on deep systems change. Currently, she serves as Co-Founder and Board Chair of Beneficial State Bank, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and certified B Corporation whose mission is to bring beneficial banking to low-income communities in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner – and to change the banking system for good. Kat believes it’s not enough to dream that philanthropic resources can clean up damage to our society after the fact; we must instead align fundamental institutions, including business, and government, with the public interest in the first place.

 

Beneficial State Bank is the result of aligned mergers between OneCalifornia Bank - which Kat and her husband, Tom Steyer, founded in Oakland, CA - ShoreBank Pacific, Pan American Bank, and Albina Community Bank. Beneficial State Bank operates 17 locations throughout California, Oregon, and Washington. The bank’s revolutionary ownership structure mandates that any distributed profit be invested in the low-resourced communities it serves and the environment upon which we all depend. With strong organizational commitments to diversity, inclusion and environmental justice, Kat’s work focuses on advancing a fair, regenerative, and prosperous economy for all.

 

Kat is a graduate from Harvard College and earned a JD/MBA from Stanford University. She and Tom Steyer, Kat's climate-energy-justice activist husband, have four grown children, each pursuing their one wild and precious life too. Kat with her continuous love of Community, to Build & Connect Culture and passion for the Arts, is presently the Museum of Jazz & Art Principal Champion and have contributed to MOja and its early strategy.

Joe Kennedy

Board Emeritus

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Leah King

Champion

Leah King is a musician, activist, and arts empowerment facilitator. She currently hosts Culture of Consent with King, “C.O.C.K. Podcast,” a podcast that explores cultural attitudes toward consent – what we allow, what we don’t, and why – with humor, history, and plenty of rooster sounds.

In 2018-2019, King was a Political Power Fellow at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and currently is the National Strategic Partnerships Manager at Youth Speaks. King tours internationally with electronic arts DJ network female:pressure and released a deep house single about self-acceptance titled “Be Honest” in 2018. Her self-produced EP, “There Comes a Time,” was released in 2015 with support from Converse Rubber Tracks Berlin, and in 2010, her one-woman comedy on street harassment, “Can I Get a Smile?” was funded by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and toured throughout the northeast USA. King has worked with San Francisco State University, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Girls for Gender Equity, Excellence Charter School for Boys, NYC Men Teach, Girls Rock Camp, and taught dance empowerment courses to thousands of youth in Brazil, Germany, and the USA.

Greg Bridges

Advisor

Greg Bridges is an award-winning radio dj, journalist & music/art activist born raised in Oakland, California.  His professional career in radio began at the legendary radio station KJAZ 92.7 FM where he was a valued member of the airstaff for 10 years.  Since 1996, Greg can be heard at Jazz station KCSM 91.1 FM and at the progressive music, news and culture station KPFA 94.1 where he has hosted Transitions on Traditions since 1999.  He also serves as a contributer to KPFA’s Hip HOP Social Affairs and music show HardKitock Radio.  

 

Whether showcasing & expressing his love for the arts and Jazz, Greg’s talents in broadcasting, reporting and inspiring others through community activism brings the Museum of Jazz & Arts Vision together “…Building and Connecting Cultures through Music”.  In addition, Greg can also be heard around the country broadcasting on WFMT's Jazz network.  He has written for various publications including Jazz Now Magazine and Bayshore Magazine, interviewed great Jazz Legends and remains a constant presence producing and promoting events on the Bay Area music and arts scene.

 

Greg is presently a Museum of Jazz & Art (MOja) Advisor Board Member serving on the History & Community & Culture Committees and have contributed to MOja’s online MOjazzArt Radio Station on Pandora and to MOja’s Historical importance as a Museum Institution.

Grover Rudolph

Advisor

Grover Rudolph is a consummate professional who believes you can learn from anyone.  He believes that every person has a story worth listening too.  That meaningful growth and change comes through one’s willingness to be truthful about themselves.  That our capacity to learn is endless.

 

Grover attended Brown University in Providence, R.I. and received his Juris Doctorate from The University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law and was a trial attorney for 14 years. He later worked for more than 10 years in commercial and residential real estate management.  

 

Grover who genuinely likes people, forms lasting friendships and professional relationships.

He believes that building the right team is critical to achieving desired outcomes.  He knows that your people are your life’s blood in any organization.  That you must critically listen.  That you must act with decisiveness and be willing to own and learn from your mistakes.

 

“If you cannot hold yourself accountable, then you will never gain the trust of the team you lead.”  Without that trust, a leader will not get the honest feedback that is vital to building a successful organization.

 

Grover with his love of people and passion for Arts, is presently a Museum of Jazz & Art (MOja) Advisor Board Member serving on the Education, Real Estate & Project Management Committees and have contributed to MOja’s concept & strategy from the early beginning.

Penelope Abide

Advisor

Penelope was born & raised in London United Kingdom and found her way to California.

After receiving her BA in Fashion from Academy of Arts, over the last 18+ years, Penelope has worked in the retail, design industry, interned with Vivienne Westwood, and worked at Chuck D’s Menswear line (Rapp Style International).  RSI was one of the first Hip Hop clothing lines.  Her experiences took her to open her own boutique stores on Union Street in San Francisco & Broadway in Oakland.  Her International fashion and image consulting experience have taken her work to London, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

 

Penelope is presently a Museum of Jazz & Art (MOja) Advisor and her experiences has effectively led to work with MOja’s Chief Creative Experience Officer to establish the MOja’s Visual and Image. Penelope is presently on the Social/ Visual Media & Image Committees.

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